University of Missouri Extension's 4-H educational program empowers young people to reach their full potential while working and learning in partnership with caring adults.
4-H is always open to kids who want to have fun and learn, and to adults who care about kids and want to help grow good ones. Stop by the MU Extension Center in Iron County or explore this page to learn more about 4-H. Contact Brad Coleman, 4-H youth specialist for information on joining or volunteering.
Iron County 4-H clubs
Iron County has two 4-H clubs. All interested kids and parents are welcome to attend a meeting to learn more about the clubs.
- Iron County 4-H Club in Ironton — Meets 6 p.m., second Tuesday, at the Arcadia Valley Lions Club Fairground
- Viburnum Blue Jays 4-H Club in Viburnum — Meeting time, date and location vary
4-H clubs are open to ages 8 to 18. Clubs meet monthly for group activities and club business. Each club elects officers and has an approved adult leader who supervises club activities. Club members also enroll in projects in their areas of interest.
With projects on more than 75 topics, 4-H has something to interest every child. Here are just a few of the opportunities 4-H offers — geocaching, robotics, international exchanges, horsemanship, pets, starting a business, arts and crafts, raising animals, woodworking, photography and gardening.
Clover Kids clubs
Clover Kids introduces 5- to 7-year-olds to the 4-H experience. In Clover Kids, children learn how to get along with others, work in groups, explore their interests, while building self-confidence. Clover Kids do not enroll in projects or raise animals, and do not participate in competitive events, contests or shows.
How to join
Joining 4-H is as easy as contacting the extension center. A staff member will explain the enrollment process and membership dues. In addition to dues, some projects may require a small investment to get started, and there may be a fee for materials, trips or other activities.
Young people are welcome to join at any time. The 4-H program year runs from Oct. 1 to Sept. 30. Certain activities may have participation deadlines.
Be a 4-H volunteer
Adult volunteers are essential to 4-H. Adult volunteers serve as club or project leaders, help with county or regional events, chair committees and organize fund raisers. You don't have to be a parent or grandparent of the 4-H member to get involved. All volunteers are screened for child abuse and neglect, as well criminal records, before they are accepted and each year thereafter. As a volunteer, University of Missouri Extension will provide you with training so you will be well-prepared and successful as an adult leader. The orientation includes information on 4-H history and the educational framework, the characteristics of age groups, character development and safety.